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Review of Fiordland Tours

Fiordland Tours
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$125.90*
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Full-Day Milford Sound Extraordinaire Tour from Te Anau
Ranked #1 of 33 Tours in Te Anau
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Owner description: Fiordland Tours Milford Sound small group Coach & Cruise.We maximise your opportunity to capture one of the finest alpine drives in the world in a unique and unhurried way.Our leading small boat operation gives you a chance to see Seals, Dolphins and Penguins with an in depth, fun commentary about the rich history of Fiordland.We do personal pick-ups from your accommodation. Departs Te Anau 9-00am Returns 6pm
Littlehampton, Australia
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30 reviews
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“The best Private Tours”
Reviewed July 24, 2014 via mobile

Ray offers a personable tour with a wealth of knowledge. Pick up is offered from your accommodation and because the tour is run locally there is more time to stop and check out attractions before all of the buses arrive.

Our family 100% recommend Ray and will book with him in the future

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fiordlandtours, Owner at Fiordland Tours, responded to this review, July 26, 2014
Thank you for you brief but 'to the point' review of our small group personal tour to Milford Sound from Te Anau. You have noted that it is important to start from Te Anau and we appreciate the fact that you enjoyed the extra number of scenic attractions along the way.
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Tokyo, Japan
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30 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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“Choose them over the big operators from Queenstown”
Reviewed May 31, 2014

This was hands down one of our best experiences in NZ. A lot of things came together to make it the perfect trip - beautiful weather, roads opened at the last minute, great boat operators, dolphin pods jumping around the boat and the sheer luck of finding Ray and Fiordland pvt tours.

We were booked for a NZD119 tour with a queenstown based operator and were planning to drive to Milford sound. The weather had been playing truant for the week before and we had planned for the only open window we saw. On the morning of our tour, the road was still closed but Ray with his obvious local knowledge assured us that it should be open by 1pm. Our boat with the big operator was delayed and they were very civil to let us cancel it without any charges. It was then that we decided to go with Ray and Fiorland tours and decided to not drive to Milford.

Good decisions all around. Ray and his 4WD van along with interesting tidbits about the area and pop quizzes made our day. We had the roads all to ourselves as we drove in heavy snow and made our way to Gunn's camp for some hot tea and fresh scones. The road was still closed at this point and we made the best of it by taking a few walks in the area. Ray guided us back in time for the road opening and drove us into what was probably the best boat in Milford Sound that day.

The Milford Adventurer (separate review), commandeered by Hamish and Craig, left the dock first and returned last. This is where the tour came into its own as compared to the big operators - the others started late and turned quickly to stick to schedule, while ours stayed out longer, followed a number of dolphin pods, went under a couple of waterfalls and had funny interesting commentary from the captains. Ray with his incredible knowledge of the area chipped with with great stats and comments. The lunch provided by Fiordland tours was delicious as well!

Our small tour group stopped at a number of places and think got the full experience. We were glad that we did not have to drive in the heavy snow and got lucky with finding Ray and Fiordland tours.

Thanks Ray for a fantastic day !

Pro tip - Follow the met service site religiously for weather updates, NZroads site for road blockages and go with Fiordland tours.

Visited May 2014
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fiordlandtours, Owner at Fiordland Tours, responded to this review, May 31, 2014
Thank you for your wonderful and comprehensive review of our small group tour to Milford Sound. It is always a good idea to park up for the day and take a tour and go with experience drivers on what can be a challenging road during the winter. It isnt too often that we have to drive through snow but when we do we take our 4x4 Grand Cabin with 4 wheel drive for added safety. We are pleased that you enjoyed your day and came to Te Anau to join our tour.
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Reading, United Kingdom
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“Great Tour”
Reviewed May 28, 2014

This is my second time to Milford and would highly recommend staying in Te Anau and catching a tour with Ray rather than a self drive from Queenstown. A much more relaxing and enjoyable day, and a huge amount of things to see!

Visited April 2014
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fiordlandtours, Owner at Fiordland Tours, responded to this review, May 31, 2014
Thank you for your brief and positive review of our tour we did with you. It is always a tour from Te Anau and a long bus trip from Queenstown. We appreciate that you acknowledged that.
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Auckland, New Zealand
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“A Magical trip to Milford Sound...”
Reviewed May 12, 2014

Crazy to drive yourself. We took this small, friendly and intimate tour in a comfortable coach that stops at many cool places on the way to Milford Sound and the amazing boat trip. A great commentary all the way gives you a clear story about the area and attractions. Lots of stops for photos. My experience will remain a lifetime memory. We also stayed at Birchwood Cottages which is owned by Leonie and Ray that run the coach tour business. I always like to support the locals in a town, and they are great people providing a value for money service. Thanks very much.

Visited April 2014
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fiordlandtours, Owner at Fiordland Tours, responded to this review, May 15, 2014
Thank you for for the review about or small group tour to Milford Sound.
To really enjoy the day and be shown ALL the wonderful scenis stops and short walks, it is important to leave your car at Te Anau for the day like you did.
There is only two locally owned Milford Sound operators, and we are pleased to selected one of them
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Burpengary, Australia
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“Better than driving yourself”
Reviewed May 11, 2014

We chose this tour rather than self driving after trip advisor reviews and are so glad we did. Our tour guide, Alan, was friendly, fun and knowledgable. We would have missed out on many added extras driving ourselves and it was relaxing not having to drive home after a big day. After seeing some big tours again we recommend this more personal and local tour. There were 9 of us and we were the only ones on the linked cruise, which was also fabulous (cruise Milford). We had a rainy day but that did not spoil anything, the waterfalls in full action are awesome. Highly recommended tour.

Visited May 2014
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fiordlandtours, Owner at Fiordland Tours, responded to this review, May 15, 2014
We are pleased that your decision to park your car for the day turned into a day to remember.
Milford Sound can be visited in lots of different weather patterns, and a rainy day with lots of water falls is fantastic. You have appreciated that to drive yourselves would have been a serious mistake, and your day was enhanced by sitting back and letting Alan do the driving while you looked at the scenery. Thank you for the review.
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